Teach English to Children in Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha, Tanzania Children & Youth Development



Travel to Tanzania and teach English with Plan My Gap Year! On this program, you will help primary and secondary school students in Arusha improve their English language skills as well as other subjects through lessons, games, sports, and more. Schools in Tanzania have an average of one teacher per 53 students, and this overcrowding can take a toll on the quality of education and support provided. As a volunteer, you will be able to help teachers with their day-to-day work (or even lead lessons on your own), and provide extra support for students who are falling behind or need more attention. You don’t need previous teaching experience to sign up, but you’re encouraged to take PMGY’s accredited, 60-hour online TEFL course to prepare for your trip abroad.


During your stay in Tanzania, you will help children to improve their English language skills - a vital part of pursuing greater educational and career opportunities later. Since 2002, the Tanzanian government has made great efforts to provide free secondary education to all students in the country - despite the high enrollment rates, however, classrooms are overcrowded and schools are understaffed. As a volunteer, you can make a difference by providing extra support in the classroom and allowing students who are falling behind or in need of more help to catch up with their peers and succeed.

Field conditions

PMGY provides support to local schools throughout Arusha by providing lessons in English, math, and other subjects. As a volunteer, you will work either as an assistant to a local teacher, or even take the lead in your classroom and conduct lessons on your own. Because of staff shortages at schools in the area, you should be flexible and willing to take on new challenges as a teacher’s assistant or as a teacher.

The school where you will volunteer has a basic curriculum to follow, though you’re encouraged to introduce new ideas, topics, and methods of teaching. While most of PMGY’s Tanzania English teaching programs are at primary schools, there also are placements at secondary schools - an excellent opportunity if you have TEFL certification and in-classroom experience.

Arrival and orientation

If you are traveling to Tanzania for less than 90 days, you will need to obtain a work visa, which costs $200, and if you are staying longer, you will need a different work permit, which costs $550. These both will be processed in-country by the PMGY staff once you arrive. As well, you must provide proof of having been vaccinated for yellow fever before traveling to Tanzania.

This program starts on Sundays. You will arrive to Kilimanjaro International Airport on your selected start date, and be greeted by a local staff member or appointed driver holding a sign with your name on it. From there, you’ll head to the volunteer house in Arusha, where you will get settled in before starting your volunteer program.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

The volunteer house that you’ll stay in during your time in Tanzania is in a quiet neighborhood a 10-minute walk from central Arusha. The house is basic but comfortable, and each room can accommodate up to eight people, with mosquito nets provided. The bathrooms have western style toilets and warm showers, though you may expect the showers to be cold depending on how reliable the warm water access coil is.

It’s important to note that power cuts are somewhat commonplace countrywide, and wifi access is not very reliable at the volunteer house - so you should be prepared for a more rustic or basic living experience than you might be used to. You’re encouraged to purchase a local SIM card for internet access, and you can sign up for laundry service at a small extra fee, or hand wash your clothes. There is a night guard at the house, and a member of the PMGY local team will visit each day to make sure everything's running smoothly.

June through September are PMGY’s busiest volunteer months, so you may be placed at an alternative location such as a nearby guest house or a different volunteer house. You will be provided with breakfast and dinner each day at the volunteer house. Breakfast usually consists of pancakes, eggs, toast, jam, and coffee, while dinner often includes veggie burgers, pasta, beans, rice, chapati, and sweet potato.


Volunteers will stay in a volunteer house.


from $312 USDper week

from $312 USDper week


What’s included

  • Certificate of completion

  • Regular program inspection

  • 100% financial protection

  • Live pre-departure webinars

  • Comprehensive volunteer handbook

  • Unlimited email and telephone support

  • Dedicated pmgy travel mentor

  • 24-hour us-based emergency support

  • 24-hour in-country support

  • In-country orientation

  • Airport pickup

  • Breakfast and dinner

  • Accommodation at volunteer house

What’s not included

  • Criminal background check

  • Volunteer work permit

  • Visa

  • Return airport transfer

  • Travel insurance

  • Airfare

  • Transport to project

  • Lunch

Start dates

This program starts on the first and third Sunday of each month year-round.

Founded in 2011 by volunteers for volunteers, Plan My Gap Years works with local communities in the developing world towards long-term sustainable goals. We know there is no better way to travel and make a positive impact in the world. Our structured programs create the perfect platform for you to see the world, meet like-minded people and engage in meaningful volunteer work. We have teams in the UK and in your host destinations who will support you 24/7 throughout your time with them. Furthermore, every project on our network is regularly risk-assessed by our UK team to ensure their setup is safe and that their volunteers are making a positive impact. There is also a great social element to our programs. We put you in touch with all of your fellow volunteers via Facebook before you set off. Our projects receive volunteers from around the world throughout the year, so even if you’re travelling solo, you’re going to meet heaps of people along the way.

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